goat losing hair

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Pam B:
My goats all look rougher than usual and lost hair in chunks for the first time ever this year.  I'm wondering if it is related to the extremely wet weather we've had all spring and summer so far.  And of course wetter weather is great for worms, so it could all be related.

jdgray716:
Well, do you have a picture of the area? And are you sure its a bite from a donkey? And are you loosing hair in just one spot? If the bugs are bothering him, it could cause it to itch and he might be rubbing it. But you could get the same reaction from it healing and feeling itchy depending on the size etc of the bite. You could also be getting that reaction from an infection as well. Could it have been a snake or spider? Another thought that came to my mind reading your post.

I would recommend the same advise as above. Worm him or her again. My buck was loosing hair and rubbing coat off on everything. After worming him, getting him on a better diet and getting some Synergize (sp) on his coat it helps so much. His coat was dry and brittle and so much more and he has just come so far since then. He had a lot of dead coat, winter coat, I was sure to brush it out good so his coat and skin could breath.

As for wight gain, the worming will help if they are a problem. And in most every ones heard as you read here they are a problem. Another thought is are you feeding grain? If not you might try starting him on some healthy feed. I did this with my guys and they have in a matter of weeks made a 300 degree turn around. I also never thought I would be so into promoting Fast Track but it has done wonders for my goats in such a short time. Its another thing that has been started with my heard and turned it around. Its not going to break you and it helps them digest, retain nutrients, as well as the coat and over all immune system.

Well hope this helps and again a picture would help and if that spot gets too looking real bad and it is infection a vet or local experienced goat hand may need to look at it. When all else fails those two are your BEST bets.

pamcocoazoe:
It is definately from the donkey...I saw him attacking him 3 times and all the spots where he is losing hair are around there.  He did have one spot on his face that looks like a scab fell off.  I will worm him again.  All my other guys have pretty much lost their winter coat but he does still seem to have his.  But last year...all of my guys kept their winter coat all summer.  It was a colder summer though.   They do get grain but not every day.   I alternate giving them grain one day and the next a flake of hay and then fruit and veggies another.  I keep it that way in the summer so that they will eat the grass and not get bored with what they get for food.  In the winter they get grain everyday along with the hay and then I give them fruits and veggies but different ones each time.  The bugs are really bad here this year and the weather has been strange too. 

imalilbirdie:
Quote from: pamcocoazoe on July 12, 2008, 10:52:44 AM

It is definately from the donkey...I saw him attacking him 3 times and all the spots where he is losing hair are around there.  He did have one spot on his face that looks like a scab fell off.  I will worm him again.  All my other guys have pretty much lost their winter coat but he does still seem to have his.  But last year...all of my guys kept their winter coat all summer.  It was a colder summer though.   They do get grain but not every day.   I alternate giving them grain one day and the next a flake of hay and then fruit and veggies another.  I keep it that way in the summer so that they will eat the grass and not get bored with what they get for food.  In the winter they get grain everyday along with the hay and then I give them fruits and veggies but different ones each time.  The bugs are really bad here this year and the weather has been strange too. 


Your goats won't get bored with grain..trust me..never saw one yet that turned it's nose up to grain  ;) .  However, something you must know here..Goats hate change..and that means "change" in diets as well.  Fruits and veggies are good in "modification"..meaning as a small treat on ocassion..never as a main meal or a meal.  I would rather see you feed grains that are needed in the digestive tract than to see you feed fruits and veggies as a meal.  Hay is fantastic, and so is grass land..however, goats (again I state this..sounding like a broken record here..lol) are NOT grazers they are foragers..so forcing them to eat grass land without the hay is not a good idea, so you have that properly set for sure, but hay needs to be given every day, not every so often.  Grain, giving them it once every other day or two days is only throwing the system out of wack..in my experience, you can cause, bloat, and other major complications by shocking the system that way.

I may be far off base here and this might be working for now with your herd, but I do see complicatons coming to unfold.  Proteins are a factor with a this regimen..I would watch closely for a protein defiency.  Minerals are taken from graiins and hays and grass lands as well.  Zinc and selenium would be what I would have to know are in proper porportions here.

Lots of folks raise their goats out in pasture lands..but you'll see them eat the weeds long before they do the grasses..and when forced to, they will eat the grasses, especially red clover. 

Now to your hair lose problem..heehee..ok, long lengthy reply..sorry about that..lol.  I would start checking for defiencies in your protein levels since I now know how your feeding regimen is..I would guess that worming is going to take and make a good stand with your goats now, grazing pasture lands they pick up worms much faster than if they are supplemented hay and grain, which makes them eat less on the grass lands.

Nanny K:
Pam -  beet pulp works great too.And yes they NEED grain everyday.Do you put out a mineral lick?I don't know what you've got for trees in Litchfield,here in Norridgewock pine(which is a naural wormer) and willow grows quite plentiful and goats love both. Once a week I give mine a treat of both.

Nanny K

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